Inter Milan offered Bayern Munich the chance to sign former Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen in a swap for Jerome Boateng over the summer, according to reports.
Eriksen only moved to Inter in January, six months before his contract at Tottenham would have expired. However, the move has not worked out for the Danish playmaker.
He was a substitute more often than a starter in his first half-a-season, and only completed 90 minutes in Serie A on two occasions.
There was already speculation over the summer that Inter could cut their losses on Eriksen. Chelsea were mentioned as a potential suitor to take him back to the Premier League, while it has since emerged that Tottenham would be willing to welcome him back as well.
However, according to Sky in Germany, Eriksen could have ended up in another league altogether.
Sky claim that Inter proposed a swap deal to Bayern Munich that would have seen Boateng move the other way. The German defender has endured mixed fortunes over the past couple of seasons, so could have been ready for a new challenge.
However, Boateng returned to form towards the end of last season, helping Bayern win the Champions League. Therefore, they were reluctant to let him leave.
They could have considered the swap, though, because they were on the lookout for someone to rotate with Thomas Muller as an attacking midfielder. Eriksen would have fit the bill.
But Inter rejected three loan offers from elsewhere, and Bayern were unwilling to pay up for the 28-year-old as well.
Eriksen has started just one of Inter’s three games so far this season, so talk of an exit may resurface in January if his fortunes do not improve.
Boateng open to Prem return
As for Boateng, the defender’s contract at Bayern will expire next summer. That means he may already be thinking about his next move.
The German previously had a forgettable spell in the Premier League with Manchester City, and speaking back in August, he admitted he would be willing to give English football another go.
“I would not say no,” Boateng said. “I loved it when I was there. For me it was really unlucky because I got injured straight away and then I didn’t really play the position they promised me.
“But I still took a lot from playing in the Premier League. It helped me a lot to play and train with great players. I am definitely down for it, but I don’t know for the future.
“You never know. But it’s not that I would say: ‘I never want to play there.’ It’s one of my favourite leagues for sure.”